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TOWNSVILLE, Sun.— A large crowd assembled in the vicinity of the Town Hall this afternoon to witness the ceremony of unfurling the first Australian flag. It was a great day for Townsville, a fact appreciated by the fighting services, which supplied a guard of honor for the ceremony at the unfurling of the original flag. A R.A.A.F. Dakota flying overhead dipped in salute. Addressing the assembly, the Deputy Mayor (Ald. Angus J. Smith) said the ceremony was exclusive to the city. He narrated the earlier happening 50 years ago to-day when the flag first took the breeze after being hoisted by the Commonwealth's first Governor-General (Lord Hopetoun). At the conclusion of his address Ald. Smith unveiled a plaque embedded in the granite plinth of the new flagpole in the centre of Flinders-street. The plaque commemorates the raising for the first time in Australia of the Commonwealth flag.
Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld), 17 September 1951.
Note : The original plinth appears to have been removed during works which converted Flindres Mall back into a two-way street. A flagpole remains at the site and it appears that a new plaque has been sited near the pole.
|Address:||Flinders Street, Flinders Mall, Townsville, 4810|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -19.258611|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||16-September-1901|
|Actual Event End Date:||16-September-1901|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 16th September, 1951|
16th September 1951
This Flagpole Commemorates The Raising,
For The First Time In Australia,
Of The Commonwealth Flag.
The Ceremony Was Performed In Townsville,
By The First Governor-General Of Australia,
The Right Honourable
The Earl of Hopetoun, K.T., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O.,
On the 16th September 1901
When the Design Of The Flag Was First Proclaimed.